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TOKYO

‘Chinese Style Dresses: From Fujishima Takeji to Umehara Ryuzaburo’

Bridgestone Museum of Art

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

During the Taisho era (1912-1926), Chinese culture fascinated many Japanese. For example, Chinese themes could be found in the novel “Toshishun” by the renowned writer Ryunosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927), and similarly in art, Takeji Fujishima (1867-1943) began working on paintings of women in Chinese dresses. The development in tourism also led many artists to travel to China to seek subjects.

This exhibition will feature about 30 paintings of women in Chinese dresses, as well as in other traditional Chinese garments. The paintings on display are by Japanese artists who attempted to unite the cultures of the east and the west by embracing both the aesthetics of the Chinese culture and the techniques of European paintings; April 26-July 21.

Bridgestone Museum of Art; 1-10-1 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo; Tokyo Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri. till 8 p.m.). ¥800. Closed Mon. 03-5405-8686; www.bridgestone-museum.gr.jp